In conversation with Klaske Havik, Véronique Patteeuw & Bas Princen
From three different angles we enter into a dialogue about how the image of a city is managed and how the imagination is generated.
Anyone who thinks of Bruges probably sees a historic postcard image before their eyes. A powerful tourist attraction, once formed after the role model of Nuremberg, where the preservation of a medieval image was played out as bait for decades. But Bruges is more: people also live, work and play there. There is room for contemporary interventions, temporary or permanent, that sharpen the dialogue between old and new.
Over the past twenty years, the city has strongly invested in this multi-voiced story by, among other things, investing in high-quality urban renewal and construction projects or in temporary platforms such as Triennial Bruges, which cast a different light on the city for a while. The perception of Bruges, but especially the experience and the way people live there, lead to interesting questions that are not only relevant to this context, but also to the image of a city and its architecture in a broader sense. What factors ensure that a certain image sticks and our opinion is ‘formed’? Can we broaden our view?
Starting from three different angles, we will discuss how language and photography influence our thinking. How thoughts are consciously or unconsciously steered in a certain direction. How images stimulate our imagination or make us think of a place with reluctance.
Klaske Havik (Methods of Analysis and Representation, Delft University of Technology), Veronique Patteeuw (École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et du Paysage Lille and KU Leuven) and Bas Princen (architectural photographer) enter into a dialogue in search of these dormant layers. Departing from architectural history, literature and photography, we investigate how our surroundings are depicted and how projections are formed and nurtured, between dream and reality.
In collaboration withArchipel vzw.